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Congratulations to Komar.org for Raising More Money for Celiac Disease

March 23, 2008

Anyone who has Googled Christmas lights has likely run across Komar.org. This is the ultimate interactive Christmas light display site. Alek, the mastermind behind this outrageous display, has it configured so it is entirely computer controlled and visitors to the site can actually control the Christmas lights on his house from the web. Pretty cool concept...

What's even better is the motivation for this display. Alek's two children have celiac disease and his lights have helped raise over $25,000 for the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Disease.

Celiac disease is a lifelong autoimmune intestinal disease. People with celiac disease experience immunologically toxic reaction caused by the ingestion of gluten. The reaction prevents people who suffer from this disease from properly absorbing important nutrients. There is no cure for celiac disease and the only treatment for it at this time is to adhere to a strict gluten free diet.

Alek is a great guys and has a really cool site. If you've had a chance to enjoy his site or want to support him in his fund raising efforts you can make a donation on his site. If you aren't in a position to donate there is another great way you can help by allowing Stanford University "borrow" your computer to fold proteins. The program is called Folding@Home. Essentially, the program allows researchers at Stanford to harness the power of thousands of computers while their owners aren't using them. The research they are doing could help find cures for lots of diseases like celiac disease. Its a great way to help that doesn't cost anything and won't interfere with your computer.